Saturday, August 23, 2014

Indian Princess Doll Costume

Halloween is right around the corner and with all this southwest traveling I decided to make an Indian Princess costume for 18” dolls. Costume Suede is fun to work with. Make sure you purchase one that doesn’t fray so you can leave raw edges.

Indian Princess Dress
©2007 Carol Steely

Supply List
Print the PDF pattern HERE
1/3 yard costume suede
Scrap of Velcro
1 feather
3 pony beads
Craft glue
Sewing supplies

Step 1 – Print Pattern and Cut Fabric
Print the pattern sheets HERE.

Pin and cut the fabric as needed.

Step 2 – Add Fringe Strip
Transfer the fringe placement line from the pattern to the fabric.

Pin and sew the fringe strips in place.

Carefully cut the fringe.

fringe top

Step 3 – Sew the Shoulder Seams
Place the front and back pieces together with “pretty” sides touching. Make the shoulder edges even and pin.

Sew using a 3/8” seam.

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Step 4 – Sew the Side Seams
Place the front and back pieces together with “pretty” sides touching.

Make the side edges even and pin.

Sew using a 3/8” seam.

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Step 5 – Decorative Stitching
Use a chalk wheel to draw a line that is 1”  from the bottom of the dress.

Note: Use several rows of decorative machine stitches to add a design just above the 1” line you made. You can also add decorative stitching along the neck fringe.

Carefully cut fringe along the bottom edge up to the line you marked. Be careful not to cut your decorative stitching.

Step 6 – Hem the Back
Turn the back edges under 1/2” . Pin as you go.

Sew along the edge.

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Step 7 – Add Decoration
Place a drop of glue on the top of the feather.

Slide 3 pony beads over the glue.

Set aside and let it dry.

Glue or sew this to the center of the top fringe.


Your dress is done!

Indian Princess Headband
©2007 Carol Steely

Supply List
14” decorative ribbon
Two 1/2” wide scraps of costume suede for feather dangles
Scrap Velcro
6 pony beads
2 feathers
Craft glue
Sewing supplies

Step 1 – Make the Feather Dangles
Push 3 pony beads up on to the 1/2” wide suede strip.

Add a drop of glue to the end of the fabric.

Set the feather on the glue drop and pull the pony beads down over the end of the feather.

Set aside to dry.


Step 2 – Add the Velcro
Fold the end of the ribbon under 1/2” and sew one piece of Velcro to the top of the ribbon.

On the other end fold the ribbon under 1/2” and sew the Velcro to the bottom of the ribbon.

Try on your doll and adjust the fit as needed.

NOTE: the Velcro should overlap when the headband is worn.


Step 3 – Add Feather Dangles
Place the headband on the doll.

Pin the feather dangles where you want them. Adjust and trim the length to your liking.

Remove the headband and sew the feather dangles behind the ribbon.

The headband is finished!

Super easy and fun! I’d love to see what you make.

1 comment:

Kath said...

I realize this post is a year old, but just found it today, looking for a dress to make for my granddaughter's American Girl Kaya doll. Easy and fun, and I used the decorative stitches I forgot I had on my sewing machine. Thanks!